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March 22, 1985

Babies born to mothers with hepatitis B infections should be vaccinated immediately to prevent the child from contracting the virus, doctors recommended. Infants born to mothers with hepatitis B have an 85% to 90% chance of being infected and of becoming lifetime carriers of the virus causing the disease, said Dr. Cladd Stevens of the New York Blood Center. Hepatitis B causes a liver disease. Symptoms include nausea, fever, fatigue and jaundice.

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